Detroit: The Motor City's Rebirth in Images

July 22, 2016 3 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Detroit is a place on the move. Largely overlooked by negative media coverage , the reactivation of a great American city's urban core is well underway. Ultimately, words can't describe the turnaround underway in the city's core. Here's a narrative tour photographic look at the Motor City's rebirth by Ennis Davis, AICP of Modern Cities/Transform Jax.




The neighborhoods and districts that make up the 7.2 square mile Greater Downtown Detroit. Courtesy of Detroitsevenpointtwo.com



The photographs in this article were taken in July 2016 in various parts of the neighborhoods highlighted above.



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In 2015, Forbes Magazine identified New Center as Detroit's next hot neighborhood. A business hub largely developed during the 1920s offering easy access to downtown and outlying auto factories, New Center has been considered the city's second commercial area and one of the country's original "Edge Cities". Centered near the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Grand Boulevard, the district is roughly five miles north of the Detroit River.

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The Woodward Avenue Streetcar, a 3.3-mile-long modern streetcar line, may be one of the most ambitious transit projects in the country. The $140 million project is being funded largely by a consortium of private and public businesses and institutions within the corridor.  When complete in late 2016, the 11-station starter system will connect New Center with Downtown Detroit. Preliminary estimates indicate a projected daily ridership of 5,000 to 8,000. The project is expected to provide an economic boost of more than $3 billion in development and 10,000 new housing units over the next decade. A drive down Woodward Avenue today reveals that much of this transit oriented development is already underway.

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Next Page: Midtown and Downtown Detroit



Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com